“An interview with…” — survivors of genocide

Genocide Awareness Film Series

Remembering the Past toward Healing our Future
A six event commemorative film series featuring the stories of survivors and their children

Living Ubuntu, in collaboration with Amnesty International – Irvine and six local academic institutions, presents a six-event commemorative film series featuring the stories of survivors and their children. April is Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month, and each film commemorates a genocide that started during April. Living Ubuntu provides education about global traumas as part of its mission to heal trauma in order to promote peace. All films are free and open to the public. All details are here.

As part of featuring the stories of survivors and their children, Living Ubuntu volunteer, Alicia Buly, has been conducting a series of interviews. Most of these survivors will speak at the April film series events. To date, there are five. They are listed below.

Cambodia’s Past Shapes America’s Future – An Interview with Zaklin Phat (April 3 – Cambodia)
Second Generation Survivor, First Generation Activist – An Interview with Martina Knee (April 17 – Sudan)
Giving Back to Sudan, from San Diego – An Interview with Wai John Wai
Finding Strength in Testimony – An Interview with Edith Umugiraneza (April 1 – Rwanda)
Activism Through Education – An Interview with Levon Marashlian (April 2 – Armenian)

[Ubuntu] n. Every human being truly becomes a human by means of relationships with other human beings.

Screening of “In My Country” on Saturday, December 3

Hi everyone,

Last June, a few of you were at my house for a screening of “In My Country”.  This film is based on the true life accounts of journalists covering the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in post-Apartheid South Africa.  One reason I have always liked the film is that it does a great job of illustrating what Ubuntu really means.

Among those in attendance that night were, Isaac, Wai and Simon, friends from the Sudanese-American community living in San Diego.  Also with us that evening, Awichu, a new friend originally from Uganda.  As I looked around the room that night, I realized there were only a couple of us that had been born in the U.S.  With life stories based in many different countries, the conversation after the film that night spontaneously took on some of the toughest issues we face in this life:

  • What does it take to heal?
  • How do we manage to genuinely forgive?
  • Is reconciliation always possible?
  • How do those themes get applied when entire countries have been torn apart for decades?

After the great experience of exploring “Ubuntu” together, it was Simon that was the first to suggest we screen the film for their community down in San Diego. We are going to do that on Saturday, December 3rd, and we would really like for you to come join us that night.  All details are below and on the website.


Barbara English
Living Ubuntu
(949) 891-2005


Screening of “In My Country”

Screening of "In My Country"

What does it take to heal deep wounds and get to genuine peace and reconciliation?

Watch the trailer »

South Africa 1996.  The government has established the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate abuses of human rights during the Apartheid regime.  These hearings serve as a forum for those accused of murder and torture to be confronted by their victims…

Saturday, December 3
4p Potluck
5p Screening and discussion

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
3725 30th St.
San Diego, CA

Join us for an evening of food, conversation and contemplation.
We will have homemade Sudanese food at the potluck. Feel free to bring a dish :)

For more information, visit

Any questions? Please contact us at info@livingubuntu.org or (949) 891-2005.

“A beautiful and important film about South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It will engage and influence not only South Africans, but people all over the world concerned with the great questions of human reconciliation, forgiveness, and tolerance.”
– Nelson Mandela

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South Sudan Independence Celebration this Sunday, July 10th

Hi everyone,

South Sudan Independence Celebration in San Diego this Sunday, July 10th. Click for more details.

A mere five days after our own 4th of July celebration of Independence Day in the U.S., the world’s newest country will arrive.  This Saturday, July 9th, South Sudan will officially be a new, independent nation.  To mark this historic occasion, the Sudanese community in San Diego is planning a massive celebration this Sunday, July 10th.

Here are the details:

South Sudan Independence Celebration: FREE!!
Sunday, July 10th
1:00p – 8:00p

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
3725 30th Street, San Diego, CA

Program includes: Music, traditional Sudanese dances, speeches from community leaders, performances by the Sudanese youth, home-cooked Sudanese food and more… Over 400+ people are expected at this event.  Click here for more information.

Independence comes with a mixture of sentiments.  Cause for celebration is inter-mingled with knowing that these remain times of tragic suffering and great uncertainty for many in various parts of Sudan. This weekend we come together in support of the Sudanese people and hold hope for peace and healing.  One way to demonstrate that support is to attend one or more of the events (see below) they have planned in San Diego.  We hope you will join us at the festivities this weekend.

Unfortunately, we’re double-booked on Sunday and will be the late-arrivers in San Diego after our Summer Body Group: Finding Your ‘No’ in the afternoon.  There are a few from Orange County who will be driving down for the celebration.  If you’d like to carpool, please get in touch with us. 

Hope you can make it.

Barbara & Anshul
Orange County for Darfur, a project of Living Ubuntu
(949) 891-2005
| blog | facebook

PS:  We are extremely grateful to GI-Net / Save Darfur for their support of this event.  Thank you :)


Friday July 8, South Sudan Independence Live Broadcast
9p-12a.  Sudanese American Youth Center in San Diego
Click here for more info »

Saturday July 9, South Sudan Independence Day Party
9p-2a.  World Beat Center, San Diego, CA
Come and enjoy the Biggest African Party of the Year and lets kick off the summer with an event that screams Africa, at the one and only World Beat Center.  Find out more »

Sunday July 10th, South Sudan Independence Day Celebration: FREE!
1p-8p.  St Luke’s Episcopal Church, San Diego, CA
The Sudanese Community would like to invite you to this family-friendly event to celebrate the new South Sudan’s Republic.  Click here for more info »

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Get-together at Barbara’s house (Saturday, June 18th)

Hi everyone,

While we have done several events this year, we didn’t get a chance to talk with many of you the way we wish we could have.  As we head into summer, we have decided to have a casual get-together at Barbara’s house on Saturday, June 18th.  Hopefully this will give us a chance to sit, talk and relate around what it has been like to be a part of this campaign against genocide.

The theme will be Ubuntu.  Desmond Tutu says part of Ubuntu is, “You share what you have”.  In keeping with that, it will be a vegetarian potluck.  We will also be screening the film, In My Country (trailer) based on a journalist’s account of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation hearings after apartheid, which were based on Ubuntu.  Given the name of the organization, we are always looking to keep in touch with the true meaning of the word.

Anyway, here are the details.

Get-together at Barbara’s house
Aliso Viejo, CA
Saturday, June 18th 
5p vegetarian potluck
7p screening of “In My Country”

In order to not broadcast the address on the internet, please RSVP to info@livingubuntu.org or 949.891.2005 and we will send it to you :)

We would really like a chance to get to know you better and sincerely hope you will join us.


Barbara & Anshul
Orange County for Darfur, a project of Living Ubuntu
ocfordarfur.org | blog | facebook

Talk with Tim Aye Hardy about Burma (Wednesday, June 8th at 6:30p)

Hi everyone,

Tim Aye Hardy

"I was one of the lucky few. Up to 6,000 innocent protesters were gunned down, and many more were imprisoned or mysteriously disappeared in the night. I lost many colleagues and close friends." - Tim Aye Hardy.

Recently, TIME magazine featured an article with headline, UN Envoy: Burma Not Addressing Abuse.  Not that this is news, as the abuses within Burma are long-standing and ongoing.  In April, the Obama administration finally complied with a portion of the Jade Act signed into law in 2008 and appointed a Special Envoy to Burma, Derek Mitchell.  As calls for a Commission of Inquiry continue, how much of a difference will this recent appointment (presuming he is confirmed by US Senate) make for Burma?

Our thanks goes out in advance to our dear friend, Tim Aye Hardy, from the Burma Global Action Network.  Some of you may recall Tim from when he was with us in person for an event last July.  He has graciously agreed to give us an update, walking us through the twists and turns of the current situation in Burma.

At our next meeting on Wednesday, June 8th at 6:30p, Tim, who lives in NYC, will join us via Skype.  This special meeting will be held in Lake Forest instead of our usual location.  Here is the address:

Talk with Tim about Burma
Wednesday, June 8th @ 6:30p in Lake Forest, CA
(If you’d like to attend, please contact us at (949) 891-2005 or info@ocfordarfur.org and we will send you the address)

We have limited space for this meeting.  Hope you can join us.


Barbara & Anshul
Orange County for Darfur, a project of Living Ubuntu
ocfordarfur.org | blog | facebook

OC Walk Against Genocide is this Sunday, April 3rd

Hi everyone,

Living Ubuntu Retreat

Living Ubuntu Retreat in April is on "forgiveness". Click here for more details.

I hope you will join us this Sunday, April 3rd for the 3rd Annual Walk to End Genocide in Orange County. Sponsored by our friends at Jewish World Watch, the goal of the event is to highlight the ongoing genocides in Darfur, Sudan and Eastern Congo.

Why now?

  • The Darfur genocide is now in its 8th year, during which 400,000 innocent Darfuris have been systematically murdered.
  • Among the most chilling world conflicts is the brutal war in Eastern Congo in which over 5.5 million civilians have been slaughtered in the past 14 years and millions more face brutal atrocities and displacement.
  • We are facing a world in which there are over 19 conflicts now at high risk of genocide.

Click here to see pictures from the 1st walk.  We hope you will join us as we stand together in solidarity toward ending genocide.  All details are below.


Barbara, Anshul & all of us at
Orange County for Darfur, a project of Living Ubuntu
ocfordarfur.org | blog | facebook

PS: Live in Northern Cal?  Attend the Bay Area Walk Against Genocide on Sunday, April 10th.


Sunday, April 3rd 2011
8am till noon

Fountain Valley Sports Park – Great Lawn
16400 Brookhurst St.,
Fountain Valley, CA 92708Jewish World Watch’s 3rd Annual Walk to End Genocide is Sunday, April 3, 2011 at Fountain Valley Sports Park from 8:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Walk educates and mobilizes the community to act on behalf of ending genocide worldwide. 

The AWARENESS FAIR includes Information and Advocacy booths on Darfur, Sudan, Congo and other human rights abuses, Conflict Minerals Campaign advocacy opportunities, solar cooker demonstrations highlighting JWW’s Solar Cooker Project, remarks from OC’s leading civic leaders, arts and crafts, music and more.

Find out more at Jewish World Watch’s website »

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Screening of “Worse Than War” next Saturday, March 12th

Hi everyone,

Part of the challenge for us in OC for Darfur is to how to increase awareness and advocacy, without traumatizing people or inadvertently contributing to compassion fatigue in volunteers and activists.  We are dealing with human rights abuses that are deeply disturbing.  Feeling a sense of belonging within a community of supportive like-minded others is essential in order to expand our capacity to remain engaged over the long haul.

April is Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month. In advance of that, we have chosen to screen a film in March that provides a meaningful overview of the genocides in our recent history.  We invite you to join us next Saturday, March 12th for a screening of Worse than War, as we seek to find it within ourselves to bear witness.  All details are below and on the website.

Genocide is ultimately the most extreme form of assault on our humanity that we live with on the planet today.  The horror of it can feel unbearable.  It takes a toll on us and tears at the very core of the beliefs we want to hold onto about our humanity.  It is only within our connection to one another that we find both vulnerability and strength to sustain us.

Hope you can join us!

Barbara & Anshul
Orange County for Darfur, a project of Living Ubuntu
ocfordarfur.org | blog | facebook

Screening of “Worse Than War”

Screening of "Worse than war"

“By the most fundamental measure – the number of people killed – the perpetrators of mass murder since the beginning of the twentieth century have taken the lives of more people than have died in military conflict. So genocide is worse than war…”
– Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, author of Worse Than War

Saturday, March 12th
6:45p refreshments
7:00p screening
9:00p discussion

Irvine United Congregational Church
4915 Alton Parkway
Irvine, California 92604


How and why do genocides start?  Why do the perpetrators kill?  Why has intervention rarely occurred in a timely manner?

Join us as we screen this searingly honest examination of the causes of genocide and ethnic cleansing.

Visit http://livingubuntu.org/events or call (949) 891-2005 for more information. Please help us in planning for the event and RSVP on the website.

presented by:
Advocates for Peace & Justice, Irvine United Congregational Church
Orange County for Darfur, a project of Living Ubuntu

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